Culture: A Reader for Writers

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byJohn Mauk

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Read. Write. Oxford.Culture: A Reader for Writers presents work from a broad spectrum of writers who are adapting to cultural trends. It takes on key issues including work, consumerism, language, social media, identity, entertainment, nature, politics, technology, and war. Ranging from defending the status quo toembracing uncertainty, the writers give voice to the discomfort and hope that accompanies change. The articles embody a range of responses demonstrated by various writing styles, political leanings, and grammatical conventions from publications outside of the U.S. By showing the various ways inwhich people express themselves about shared issues, the reader encourages students to understand how similar we are despite cultural differences. The photo galleries nestled between chapters give shape and imagery to the subjects discussed in the readings. Developed for the freshman composition course, Culture: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in academic and publicconversations about culture and change.Culture: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

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Read. Write. Oxford.Culture: A Reader for Writers presents work from a broad spectrum of writers who are adapting to cultural trends. It takes on key issues including work, consumerism, language, social media, identity, entertainment, nature, politics, technology, and war. Ranging from defending the status quo toembracing uncertainty, ...

John Mauk is Writing Director and Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at Northwestern Michigan College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199947228

ISBN - 13:9780199947225

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1. Work: What We DoAmy Reiter: "Why Being a Jerk at Work Pays" Daily BeastElizabeth Dwoskin: "Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs" Bloomberg BusinessweekJulie Hanus: "White Collared: When Did Our Jobs Turn Into a Joke?" Utne ReaderPatricia Ann McNair: "I Go On Running"Jason Storms: "In the Valley of the Shadow of Debt"Ross Perlin: "Of Apprentices and Interns" Lapham's QuarterlyChristian Williams: "This, That, and the American Dream" Utne ReaderMike Rose: "Blue-Collar Brilliance" American Scholar2. Consumerism: How We SpendSara Davis: "Freshly Minted" The Smart SetDavid E. Proctor: "The Rural Grocery Crisis" Daily YonderDan Heath and Chip Heath: "How to Pick the Perfect Brand Name" Fast CompanyCharles Kenny: "Haiti Doesn't Need Your Old T-Shirt" Foreign PolicyDrew Harwell: "Honey Buns Sweeten Life for Florida Prisoners" St. Petersburg TimesSharon Begley and Jean Chatzky: "The New Science Behind Your Spending Addiction" The Daily BeastSharon Angel: "Sorting Out Santa"Fredrik deBoer: "The Resentment Machine" The New InquiryDamien Walter: "Sparks Will Fly" Aeon3. Language: What We MeanJulie Traves: "The Church of Please and Thank You" ThisRichard Chin: "The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right" SmithsonianBlake Gopnik: "Revolution in a Can" Foreign PolicyAutumn Whitefield-Madrano: "Thoughts on a Word: Fine" The New InquiryJuliette Kayyem: "Never Say, "Never Again" Foreign PolicyRobert Lane Greene: "OMG, ETC" More Intelligent LifeFleda Brown: "Art and Buddhism: Looking for What's True"4. Social Media: How We CommunicateLucy P. Marcus: "What It Means Today To Be 'Connected'" Harvard Business ReviewSteven Krause: "Living Within Social Networks"Cynthia Jones: "Lying, Cheating, and Virtual Relationships" Global Virtue Ethics ReviewMichael Erard: "What I Didn't Write About When I Wrote About Quitting Facebook" The Morning NewsRobert Fulford: "How Twitter Saved the Octothorpe" National PostRoger Scruton: "Hiding Behind The Screen" The New AtlantisJames Gleick: "What Defines a Meme?" Smithsonian5. Identity: Who We AreSameer Pandya: "The Picture for Men: Superhero or Slacker" Pacific StandardCristina Black: "Bathing Suit Shopping With Annette Kellerman, the Australian Mermaid" The HairpinDoug LaForest: "Illegal Aliens"S. Alan Ray: "Despite the Controversy, We're Glad We Asked" Chronicle of Higher EducationEboo Patel: "Is Your Campus Diverse?" Chronicle of Higher EducationLeila Ahmed: "Reinventing the Veil" FT Magazine6. Entertainment: What We Watch, How We ListenLaura Bennett: "Fallon and Letterman and the Invisible Late Show Audience" The New RepublicRichard Lawson and Jen Doll: "Lies Hollywood Told Us: Love and Romance Edition" The Atlantic WireStefan Babich: "The Fall of the Female Protagonist in Kids' Movies" PersephoneAmanda Marcotte: "The Shocking Radicalism of 'Brave'" American ProspectSteve Yates: "The Sound of Capitalism" Prospect7. Nature: How We Share the PlanetJerry Dennis: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" Excerpt from From a Wooden CanoeStephanie Mills: "Some Words for the Wild" from Tough Little BeautiesHugh Pennington: "Bug-Affairs" London Review of BooksRobert Moor: "Mother Nature's Sons" N+1Rob Dunn: "Fly On Wall Sees Things It Wishes It Hadn't" Scientific AmericanDavid P. Barash: "Two Cheers for Nature" Chronicle of Higher EducationMichael Shellenberger and Ted Norhaus: "Evolve" Orion8. Politics: How We GovernJeremy Brechner: "The 99 Percent Organize Themselves" The NationDavid Korten: "When Bankers Rule the World" Yes MagazineDeanna Isaacs: "The Transnational Economy" The Chicago ReaderStarhawk: "A Pagan's Response to the Affordable Healthcare Act" Dirt WorshipDavid R. Dow: "We Stop the Next Aurora Not With Gun Control But With Better Mental Health Treatment" Daily BeastJanice Brewer: "Letter from Governor Janice Brewer to President Barack Obama"Kat Langdale: "The Illogical World of US Immigration"9. War: How We FightDoug Stanton: "What the Water Dragged In" New York TimesBenjamin Busch: "U.S. Soldier Afghan Rampage Tears at Our National Soul" Daily BeastEmily Chertoff: "Occupy Wounded Knee" The AtlanticNick Turse: "A Six-Point Plan for Global War" TomDispatchNeal Whitman: "'Kinetic' Connections" Visual ThesaurusChris Hedges: "War Is Betrayal" Boston ReviewTom Malinowski, Sarah Holewinski, and Tammy Schultz: "Post-Conflict Potter" Foreign PolicyAppendix: Researching and Writing About Culture